The role of father’s in adolescent sexual education

Existing research preliminarily suggests fathers influence the sexual behavior of their adolescent children; however, more rigorous research examining diverse facets of paternal influence on adolescent sexual behavior is needed. We provide recommendations for primary care providers and public health practitioners to better incorporate fathers into interventions designed to reduce adolescent sexual risk behavior. Link “Our…… Continue reading The role of father’s in adolescent sexual education

How do you measure teenage maturity?

News on teenagers consistently conflicts. We are ecstatic about teenage Olympians. No one puts a teenage qualifier on their accomplishments, an Olympic medal is an Olympic medal, it doesn’t count for half a medal because someone is under 18. Our laws define someone as an adult the moment they hit 18 while providing a completely…… Continue reading How do you measure teenage maturity?

Teenagers and the law

Yesterday’s ruling by the Supreme Court included some important nuances on the legal understanding of teenagers, their standing in our country, and how the courts view their decision-making abilities. Whether you work with teenagers or have one at home– I’ve done my best to synthesize this nuance in both the argument and the opinion of…… Continue reading Teenagers and the law

Is anybody out there?

http://youtu.be/nevOsRGqL2c Yesterday Walt Mueller posted this video on his blog, it’s a lot to chew on. I hadn’t seen it but I’m glad I have. As youth workers, it’s both heart-breaking and knowledge we share that too many teenagers feel this way. My reflections It looked like a mature town… so lots and lots of…… Continue reading Is anybody out there?

To keep them young

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPSSJ6kyKJo& Jackson is 8 months old. He crawls around on the floor. He pulls himself up on things to stand up. He coos, squeals, grunts, and makes endless raspberries. He’s the perfect size for Megan (10) and Paul (8) to pick up and play with. He loves to cuddle with mom and dad. Eight months is one…… Continue reading To keep them young

Extended adolescence & you

Adolescence cannot last from 11 years old to 29 years old. Our society will crumble economically & socially under the pressure.  I think most people understand that intuitively. They reflect on their teenage years and their early twenties as a time of coming of age. But times have changed. Most sociologists believe adolescence stretches from…… Continue reading Extended adolescence & you